The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly initial and continuing jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, trade balance data for August at 8:30 a.m., export and import prices for September at 8:30 a.m., and weekly crude inventories at 11 a.m.
U.S. stocks on Wednesday finished sharply lower as the early results for third-quarter reporting season exacerbated investor worries about a slowing global economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 129 points, or 0.95%, to close at 13,345, its lowest finish since Sept. 12, the day before the Federal Reserve announced a third round of quantitative easing.
Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Paul Ryan take part in the vice presidential debate Thursday night in Danville, Ky.
JPMorgan Chase's ( JPM) chief financial officer, Douglas Braunstein, is expected to step down over the next two quarters and is likely to move into a different job at the bank, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the company.
Alaska Air ( ALK) is expected to announce Thursday an order for 50 Boeing ( BA) single-aisle jetliners, two people familiar with the matter told the Journal.
Chinese PC maker Lenovo outsold Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) for the first time to become the world's largest seller of PCs, according to research firm Gartner. Ruby Tuesday ( RT), the restaurant operator, reported an in-line profit for its fiscal first quarter on Wednesday but gave an outlook that hints at some downside to Wall Street expectations for the full year.
Safeway ( SWY) is expected by analysts Thursday to post a third quarter profit of 42 cents a share in the September-ended period on revenue of $10.24 billion.
Other companies slated to report on Thursday include Emmis Communications ( EMMS), J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), Fastenal ( FAST), Sycamore Networks ( SCMR), Winnebago Industries ( WGO) and Zep ( ZEP).
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